Ars Technica are reporting on an “unethical” HTML video copy protection proposal drawing criticism from W3C reps.

Mozilla’s Robert O’Callahan warned that the pressure to provide DRM in browsers might lead to a situation where major browser vendors and content providers attempt to push forward a suboptimal solution without considering the implications for other major stakeholders.

They prefer Flash because it supports DRM, but see the web going HTML5. And are now trying to patch DRM into the solution to protect their position.

Note the W3C stakeholders who are promoting this.


Is there some irony that the Occupy HTML people don’t even use Flash to promote their message?

Have they embraced the spirit of reality and compromise especially considering the following mea culpa?

…it crashes a lot…It requires constant security updates…It doesn’t work well on most mobile devices…It’s a content plugin, developed during the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology.

Or perhaps it’s the greatest troll piece ever?

The habit of prioritising Flash over HTML5 video

John Gruber has an opinion in his piece showing how to load HTML5 video instead of Flash in Safari on OSX.

That this works for so many sites shows that Safari on Mac OS X is perfectly capable of playing a lot of video on the web that seemingly requires Flash. Web developers should start serving video via the HTML5 <video> tag by default, and fall back to flash if the <video> tag isn’t supported.

It’s pretty clear Safari is a tiny proportion of the browser market, but what would be the impact if webservers took his advice globally? On other browsers?

On Adobe’s share price? now available in HTML5, serving many mobile platforms

31 March 2010 now available in HTML5, serving many mobile platforms, including iPhone, iPad

Since launched in 2006, we’ve always aimed to make TEDTalks work across a wide variety of platforms. Anywhere people watch video, we want them to watch TEDTalks.

In the past year, smartphones have emerged as a major platform for watching video and web content. And while TEDTalks have always been viewable on the phone itself (via our iTunes podcast or independently created iPhone, Windows Mobile and Android apps), we saw a demand to view our website through the phone browser.

For this reason, we’re thrilled to announce that now supports the HTML5 open standard and the H.264 codec. What it means for you: if you own an iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad — or any smartphone that supports the open HTML5 standard — you can watch TEDTalks right in your browser, and also make comments and rate the talks (though you won’t yet have access to our subtitles). And when you access from your computer, you’ll still get the same feature-rich playback experience — using the Flash platform — that you always have.

and the world begins to move